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Kingdom of the Tiger: India Wildlife Safari

An India Wildlife Safari Group Trip Reveals the Careful Planning of Responsible Tourism and Future Global Challenges of Conservation. It is no surprise that when renowned photojournalist, Steve McCurry was tasked with filming the final roll of Kodachrome, he chose to return to India. India is to travel what Kodachrome is to photography—ultra-sensory, resonant, and … Kingdom of the Tiger: India Wildlife Safari Read More »

The First Gorilla Trek

The First Gorilla Trek Hiking up the steep hill, I kept my head down as I placed one foot in front of the other. I recalled the sign in our lodge at Mahogany Springs that proclaims, “There is no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.” However, as sweat ran down … The First Gorilla Trek Read More »

5 Critical Factors for Tanzania Safari of a Lifetime

A USA – Tanzania Partnership Acclaimed Tanzanian guide Deo Magoye and lion researcher/wildlife biologist Bill Given are partners in The Wild Source Tanzania. We are a rare company to have our own Tanzania registered ground operation based in Arusha, but also provide the convenience of a USA based safari planning office.One of our clients said … 5 Critical Factors for Tanzania Safari of a Lifetime Read More »

Luxury in Ruaha – Jabali Ridge

Luxury in Ruaha – Jabali Ridge The debut of a new luxury camp in remote Southern Tanzania’s Ruaha National Park A new camp is coming to Ruaha National Park in September, 2017. Jabali Ridge will stand alone at a luxury level that, till now, didn’t exist within the 20,226 km2 sq park–an area the size … Luxury in Ruaha – Jabali Ridge Read More »

Secrets of the Botswana Green Season

Advantages to Traveling in the Botswana Green Season Go Beyond the Price Break I’m sitting at a swanky cafe that actor Heath Ledger opened just before he succumbed to a deadly cocktail of prescription drugs. It’s a narrow brick building with French bistro tables and a long bar that serves the various needs of the … Secrets of the Botswana Green Season Read More »

Kingdom of the Tiger: India Safaris

Within one of the greatest human densities on our planet lie sanctuaries for wildlife where the relics of Gondwanaland endure. Although separated by the Middle East, the Red and Arabian Seas, and the Indian Ocean, there remains an incredible parallel between the wildlife of the Indian Subcontinent and Africa. Rhinoceros, elephant, wild dog, lion, leopard, … Kingdom of the Tiger: India Safaris Read More »

Shannon’s Notes from Tanzania

Meeting with Mariam and Eva I had the fantastic opportunity this past June to meet our team in Arusha, Tanzania: Deo and his son Fadhil, who not only guide the majority of our Tanzania clients but also run The Wild Source business on ground, along with Mariam and Eva who handle the office. I also … Shannon’s Notes from Tanzania Read More »

Botswana Safari – January 2013

Botswana Safari Trip Overview I have always been a big proponent for safaris during Botswana’s green season. I love the value; anywhere from 40 to 60% less than high season pricing. I also love that it is the growing season offering many a shade of lovely green. All the grazers are at their best with … Botswana Safari – January 2013 Read More »

Leopard School at Mara Plains

The best moments on safari are when we can witness the natural behavior of the animals. Among the big cats leopards are unique for their trait of carrying their kills up into trees. This definitive behavior is a critical one as it provides the leopard with a chance to safely cache food and consume as … Leopard School at Mara Plains Read More »

Kwando Lagoon Camp Leopard on the Hunt

In July at Kwando Lagoon Camp I had what was likely my most interesting leopard sighting ever. We found a young female leopard stalking through the grass and then exploding up into a tree. She was very intent on hunting birds and often made big leaps between trunks and major branches. The leopard would then … Kwando Lagoon Camp Leopard on the Hunt Read More »

An Update From Bill in Kenya

Bill’s Message Today at the invitation of the Kenya Wildlife Service I gave a presentation on conditioned taste aversion (CTA) to the KWS top level scientists including the KWS Director, Julius Kipng’etich and many senior scientists that serve as department directors. I was very impressed with the discussions we had and the overall interest in … An Update From Bill in Kenya Read More »

Conditioned Taste Aversion Update

Applying my Research to Restore Mighty Predators Africa or America, it’s the same story worldwide. People own livestock, predators eat livestock, people destroy predators. My research attempts to break this universal truth by removing a key factor from the equation. Through Conditioned Taste Aversion (CTA) we can tap in to an evolutionary defense mechanism and … Conditioned Taste Aversion Update Read More »

Planning a Quality East African Safari

Photo of Hyenas during a night drive on the Big Cat Safari In my early safari days, Kenya and the Masai Mara was not appealing as I’d heard stories and seen photos of huge numbers of vehicles at a sighting, to the point where it prevented the behavior of the animals. I subsequently have learned … Planning a Quality East African Safari Read More »

Big Cats and the Migration Safari a Huge Success

Observing a lioness hunt successfully in the mid-afternoon was one of many behavioral highlights on my Big Cat Safari. I have recently returned from the best big cat game viewing safari (view .pdf) that I have ever had! It came at the perfect time as I had promoted this itinerary for its potential to observe … Big Cats and the Migration Safari a Huge Success Read More »

Sosian Ranch African Wild Dogs

African wild dogs on Sosian Ranch in pursuit of a scrub hare. Photo courtesy, ©Marc Mol, a client of The Wild Source Observing African Wild Dogs in Kenya In recent years those wanting to see African wild dogs were smart to head to Botswana, as it has been the most reliable location. In fact, this … Sosian Ranch African Wild Dogs Read More »

Mapula Lions Starting to Hunt Elephants?

One of the three impressive Mapula Boys photographed in September by a client of The Wild Source. Courtesy and © BF. Mapula Lions as Elephant Hunters We frequently plan safaris to Botswana for our clients, and the interaction between Elephants and Lions can fascinating there. It appears that the Mapula lion pride has learned to … Mapula Lions Starting to Hunt Elephants? Read More »

Svalbard Polar Bear Safari

A polar bear jumps from ice flow to ice flow as it searches for seals to hunt. ©Bill Given I am writing this from virtually as far north on the planet as one can go with the exception of using a nuclear ice breaker. I am on Lindblad’s National Geographic Explorer and we have smashed … Svalbard Polar Bear Safari Read More »


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